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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230906/evaluation-of-skin-surface-as-an-alternative-source-of-reference-dna-samples-a-pilot-study
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Mohammed H Albujja, Abdul Aziz Bin Dukhyil, Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, Ahmed Ch Kassab, Ahmed M Refaat, Saranya Ramesh Babu, Mohammad K Okla, Sachil Kumar
An acceptable area for collecting DNA reference sample is a part of the forensic DNA analysis development. The aim of this study was to evaluate skin surface cells (SSC) as an alternate source of reference DNA sample. From each volunteer (n = 10), six samples from skin surface areas (forearm and fingertips) and two traditional samples (blood and buccal cells) were collected. Genomic DNA was extracted and quantified then genotyped using standard techniques. The highest DNA concentration of SSC samples was collected using the tape/forearm method of collection (2...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227475/label-free-detection-of-sex-determining-region-y-sry-via-capacitive-biosensor
#2
Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Christos Sapsanis, Sumeyra Agambayev, Ulrich Buttner, Khaled Nabil Salama, Khaled Nabil Salama, Shilpa Sivashankar, Sumeyra Agambayev, Christos Sapsanis, Ulrich Buttner
In this work, we present for the first time, the use of a simple fractal capacitive biosensor for the quantification and detection of sex-determining region Y (SRY) genes. This section of genetic code, which is found on the Y chromosome, finds importance for study as it causes fetuses to develop characteristics of male sex-like gonads when a mutation occurs. It is also an important genetic code in men, and disorders involving the SRY gene can cause infertility and sexual malfunction that lead to a variety of gene mutational disorders...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223457/the-source-and-evolutionary-history-of-a-microbial-contaminant-identified-through-soil-metagenomic-analysis
#3
Matthew R Olm, Cristina N Butterfield, Alex Copeland, T Christian Boles, Brian C Thomas, Jillian F Banfield
In this study, strain-resolved metagenomics was used to solve a mystery. A 6.4-Mbp complete closed genome was recovered from a soil metagenome and found to be astonishingly similar to that of Delftia acidovorans SPH-1, which was isolated in Germany a decade ago. It was suspected that this organism was not native to the soil sample because it lacked the diversity that is characteristic of other soil organisms; this suspicion was confirmed when PCR testing failed to detect the bacterium in the original soil samples...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220302/sex-estimation-using-computed-tomography-of-the-mandible
#4
Tanya Sella Tunis, Rachel Sarig, Haim Cohen, Bahaa Medlej, Nathan Peled, Hila May
Sex estimation of skeletal parts is of great value even in the DNA era. When computed tomography (CT) facilities were introduced to forensic institutes, new possibilities for sex estimation emerged. The aim of this study was to develop a CT-based method for sex estimation using the mandible. Twenty-five CT-based measurements of the mandible were developed and carried out on 3D reconstructions (volume rendering) and cross sections of the lower jaw of 438 adult individuals (214 males and 224 females). Intraobserver and interobserver variances of the measurements were examined using intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212194/creating-a-victim-notification-protocol-for-untested-sexual-assault-kits-an-empirically-supported-planning-framework
#5
Rebecca Campbell, Giannina Fehler-Cabral, Sheena Horsford
In cities throughout the United States, hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits (SAKs) have not been submitted by the police for forensic DNA testing. Given recent media attention and public outcry about this problem, many jurisdictions with large numbers of untested SAKs are deciding to test all previously unsubmitted SAKs, which raises complex issues regarding when and how victims ought to be notified about what has happened to the kits that were collected during their medical forensic examinations. In this project, we collaborated with one community that has had large numbers of untested SAKs-Detroit, Michigan-to develop an empirically supported planning framework for how to create a victim notification protocol...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197142/home-made-cost-effective-preservation-buffer-is-a-better-alternative-to-commercial-preservation-methods-for-microbiome-research
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Sebastian Menke, Mark A F Gillingham, Kerstin Wilhelm, Simone Sommer
The investigation of wildlife gastrointestinal microbiomes by next-generation sequencing approaches is a growing field in microbial ecology and conservation. Such studies often face difficulties in sample preservation if neither freezing facilities nor liquid nitrogen (LQN) are readily available. Thus, in order to prevent microbial community changes because of bacterial growth after sampling, preservation buffers need to be applied to samples. However, the amount of microbial community variation attributable to the different preservation treatments and potentially affecting biological interpretation is hardly known...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193507/identification-of-organ-tissue-types-and-skin-from-forensic-samples-by-microrna-expression-analysis
#7
Eva Sauer, Antje Extra, Philipp Cachée, Cornelius Courts
The identification of organ tissues in traces recovered from scenes and objects with regard to violent crimes involving serious injuries can be of considerable relevance in forensic investigations. Molecular genetic approaches are provably superior to histological and immunological assays in characterizing organ tissues, and micro-RNAs (miRNAs), due to their cell type specific expression patterns and stability against degradation, emerged as a promising molecular species for forensic analyses, with a range of tried and tested indicative markers...
February 5, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193506/evaluation-of-genemarker-%C3%A2-hts-for-improved-alignment-of-mtdna-mps-data-haplotype-determination-and-heteroplasmy-assessment
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Mitchell M Holland, Erica D Pack, Jennifer A McElhoe
Existing software has not allowed for effective alignment of mitochondrial (mt) DNA sequence data generated using a massively parallel sequencing (MPS) approach, combined with the ability to perform a detailed assessment of the data. The regions of sequence that are typically difficult to align are homopolymeric stretches, isolated patterns of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), and INDELs (insertions/deletions). A custom software solution, GeneMarker(®) HTS, was developed and evaluated to address these limitations, and to provide a user-friendly interface for forensic practitioners and others interested in mtDNA analysis of MPS data...
February 6, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193029/sex-determination-based-on-raman-spectroscopy-of-saliva-traces-for-forensic-purposes
#9
Claire K Muro, Luciana de Souza Fernandes, Igor K Lednev
The forensic analysis of body fluids has made great strides in recent years. Body fluids can easily be identified, and DNA analysis can be used to link a stain found at a crime scene to a specific person. When no reference DNA profile is available and the recovered DNA does not yield a match in a database, it would be incredibly useful if the evidence could still provide investigators with useful information. Biocatalytic and immunoassays can be used to determine a donor's sex, race, and other phenotypic characteristics...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177847/the-forensic-application-of-dna-barcoding-for-identification-of-illegally-traded-african-pangolin-scales
#10
Monica Mwale, Desire Lee Dalton, Raymond Jansen, Marli Roelofse, Darren William Pietersen, Prudent Sankwetea Mokgokong, Antoinette Kotze
The escalating growth in illegal wildlife trade (IWT) and anthropogenic habitat changes threaten the survival of pangolin species globally. All eight extant species have experienced drastic population size reductions globally with high extinction risk in Asia. Consequently, forensic services have become critical for law enforcement of IWT, with a need for standardised and validated genetic identification methods. The seizure of three tonnes of pangolin scales, originating from Africa, by the Hong Kong Customs Authority provided an opportunity for the forensic application of DNA barcoding for identification...
October 27, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176637/personalized-medicine-applied-to-forensic-sciences-new-advances-and-perspectives-for-a-tailored-forensic-approach
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Alessandro Santurro, Anna Maria Vullo, Marina Borro, Giovanna Gentile, Raffaele La Russa, Maurizio Simmaco, Paola Frati, Vittorio Fineschi
Personalized medicine (PM), included in P5 medicine (Personalized, Predictive, Preventive, Participative and Precision medicine) is an innovative approach to the patient, emerging from the need to tailor and to fit the profile of each individual. PM promises to dramatically impact also on forensic sciences and justice system in ways we are only beginning to understand. The application of omics (genomic, transcriptomics, epigenetics/imprintomics, proteomic and metabolomics) is ever more fundamental in the so called "molecular autopsy"...
February 7, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171784/developmental-validation-of-the-miseq-fgx-forensic-genomics-system-for-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-forensic-dna-casework-and-database-laboratories
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Anne C Jäger, Michelle L Alvarez, Carey P Davis, Ernesto Guzmán, Yonmee Han, Lisa Way, Paulina Walichiewicz, David Silva, Nguyen Pham, Glorianna Caves, Jocelyne Bruand, Felix Schlesinger, Stephanie J K Pond, Joe Varlaro, Kathryn M Stephens, Cydne L Holt
Human DNA profiling using PCR at polymorphic short tandem repeat (STR) loci followed by capillary electrophoresis (CE) size separation and length-based allele typing has been the standard in the forensic community for over 20 years. Over the last decade, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) matured rapidly, bringing modern advantages to forensic DNA analysis. The MiSeq FGx™ Forensic Genomics System, comprised of the ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep Kit, MiSeq FGx™ Reagent Kit, MiSeq FGx™ instrument and ForenSeq™ Universal Analysis Software, uses PCR to simultaneously amplify up to 231 forensic loci in a single multiplex reaction...
January 27, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171783/attitudes-regarding-the-national-forensic-dna-database-survey-data-from-the-general-public-prison-inmates-and-prosecutors-offices-in-the-republic-of-serbia
#13
Smilja Teodorović, Dragan Mijović, Una Radovanović Nenadić, Marina Savić
Worldwide, the establishment of national forensic DNA databases has transformed personal identification in the criminal justice system over the past two decades. It has also stimulated much debate centering on ethical issues, human rights, individual privacy, lack of safeguards and other standards. Therefore, a balance between effectiveness and intrusiveness of a national DNA repository is an imperative and needs to be achieved through a suitable legal framework. On its path to the European Union (EU), the Republic of Serbia is required to harmonize its national policies and legislation with the EU...
January 21, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168762/developing-a-new-nonbinary-snp-fluorescent-multiplex-detection-system-for-forensic-application-in-china
#14
Yanfang Liu, Huidan Liao, Ying Liu, Juanjuan Guo, Yi Sun, Xiaoliang Fu, Ding Xiao, Jifeng Cai, Lingmei Lan, Pingli Xie, Lagabaiyila Zha
Nonbinary single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are potential forensic genetic markers because that their discrimination power is greater than that of normal binary SNPs, and that they can detect highly degraded samples. We previously developed a nonbinary SNP multiplex typing assay. In the present study, we selected additional 20 nonbinary SNPs from the NCBI SNP database and verified them through pyrosequencing. These 20 nonbinary SNPs were analyzed using the fluorescent-labeled SNaPshot multiplex SNP typing method...
February 6, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168694/the-optimization-of-electrophoresis-on-a-glass-microfluidic-chip-and-its-application-in-forensic-science
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Jun P Han, Jing Sun, Le Wang, Peng Liu, Bin Zhuang, Lei Zhao, Yao Liu, Cai X Li
Microfluidic chips offer significant speed, cost, and sensitivity advantages, but numerous parameters must be optimized to provide microchip electrophoresis detection. Experiments were conducted to study the factors, including sieving matrices (the concentration and type), surface modification, analysis temperature, and electric field strengths, which all impact the effectiveness of microchip electrophoresis detection of DNA samples. Our results showed that the best resolution for ssDNA was observed using 4...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164539/post-mortem-identification-of-a-fire-carbonized-body-by-str-genotyping
#16
Raluca Dumache, Camelia Muresan, Veronica Ciocan, Alexandru F Rogobete, Alexandra Enache
BACKGROUND: Identification of bodies of unknown identity that are victims of exposure to very high temperatures, resulting from fires, plane crashes, and terrorist attacks, represents one of the most difficult sides of forensic genetics, because of the advanced state of decomposition. The aim of this study was the identification of the carbonized cadaver of a fire victim through STR genotyping. METHODS: We used blood samples obtained from the iliac artery during the autopsy examination as biological samples from the unidentified victim...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160618/evaluation-of-the-qiagen-140-snp-forensic-identification-multiplex-for-massively-parallel-sequencing
#17
M de la Puente, C Phillips, C Santos, M Fondevila, Á Carracedo, M V Lareu
A new forensic 140-SNP genotyping system from Qiagen, designed for massively parallel sequencing (MPS) analysis, was evaluated using the Ion PGM™ MPS system. Assessments consisted of the sequencing of: established control DNAs that had been previously genotyped with alternative PCR and library preparation kits supplied by Thermo Fisher Scientific for the Ion PGM™ system; a simple set of artificial DNA mixtures; DNA extracted from a degraded femur; and a dilution series to gauge forensic sensitivity. In addition to the reagents for the DNA target capture PCR and library preparation, Qiagen offer an alternative sequence analysis software system (Workbench), which was assessed alongside the Ion PGM™ Genotyper software for forensic MPS analysis...
January 27, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155888/forensic-snp-genotyping-using-nanopore-minion-sequencing
#18
Senne Cornelis, Yannick Gansemans, Lieselot Deleye, Dieter Deforce, Filip Van Nieuwerburgh
One of the latest developments in next generation sequencing is the Oxford Nanopore Technologies' (ONT) MinION nanopore sequencer. We studied the applicability of this system to perform forensic genotyping of the forensic female DNA standard 9947 A using the 52 SNP-plex assay developed by the SNPforID consortium. All but one of the loci were correctly genotyped. Several SNP loci were identified as problematic for correct and robust genotyping using nanopore sequencing. All these loci contained homopolymers in the sequence flanking the forensic SNP and most of them were already reported as problematic in studies using other sequencing technologies...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146572/a-melanoma-lymph-node-metastasis-with-a-donor-patient-hybrid-genome-following-bone-marrow-transplantation-a-second-case-of-leucocyte-tumor-cell-hybridization-in-cancer-metastasis
#19
Greggory S LaBerge, Eric Duvall, Zachary Grasmick, Kay Haedicke, John Pawelek
BACKGROUND: Metastatic disease is the principal cause of mortality in cancer, yet the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Macrophage-cancer cell fusion as a cause of metastasis was proposed more than a century ago by German pathologist Prof. Otto Aichel. Since then this theory has been confirmed in numerous animal studies and recently in a patient with metastatic melanoma. METHODS: Here we analyzed tumor DNA from a 51-year-old man who, 8 years following an allogeneic BMT from his brother for treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), developed a nodular malignant melanoma on the upper back with spread to an axillary sentinal lymph node...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139940/mitochondrial-dna-control-region-sequences-may-differentiate-yanbian-koreans-in-china-from-other-asian-populations
#20
Xiao-Na Li, Ji-Long Zheng, Jun Yao, Yue Dong, Zhang-Sen Shi, Bao-Jie Wang
BACKGROUND: Sequence polymorphisms of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are valuable in forensic medicine and anthropological genetics. AIM: We investigated the mtDNA control region sequences in 295 unrelated individuals living in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in the People's Republic of China. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: DNA was extracted from blood stained filter papers. Hypervariable regions of the mtDNA control region (HVI and HVII) were amplified and sequenced...
January 31, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
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